Sunday, August 28, 2011

Dark Lover By J.R. Ward

Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1)

Genre: Paranormal Romance


In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.

The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.


Darius, a member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood has no choice but to tell Wrath about his daughter he had with a human, she’s a half breed and in order to survive her transition into a vampire she needs to drink blood from Wrath, the last of the purebred vampires. Wrath is very reluctant, but when Darius is killed by a bomb set by their enemy, Lessers, he feels obligated. When Wrath goes to meet Beth the first time it didn’t go too well, he scared the crap out of her but the second time goes a little differently, a hot steamy romp ensues and since that moment he can’t get her out of his mind. This pretty such described how much Wrath wants Beth all to himself when he sees her kissing another man;

“A low growl vibrated through his chest and out his mouth.
She’s mine.
He cursed. Yeah, and in what parallel universe was he living in? She was his temporary responsibility, not his shellan. She could be with whomever she wished. Wherever. Whenever.
But God, the idea that she might actually like what the guy was doing to her, that she might prefer the taste of the human’s kiss, was enough to make Wrath’s temples pound.
Welcome to the wonderful world of jealousy, he thought. For the price of admission, you get a splitting headache, a nearly irresistible urge to commit murder and an inferiority complex.

Wrath eventually get her back to Darius’s house, where he now resides which if Beth survive her transition will be all hers. I love the element that Wrath is visually impaired, it adds so much depth to the story and there aren’t enough books that embrace such differences or challenges. Beth’s friend Butch (His story can be found in Lover Revealed) finds Beth on the floor of her apartment, not moving, he thinks it’s a drug overdose but she is in fact going through her transition and she manages to persuade him to take her to Wrath. During Beth’s transitions Wrath watches over her diligently. Beth’s reaction to her first view in the mirror of herself as a vampire was a hoot;

“She went to the bathroom. Removed her contacts. And saw perfectly.
Well, there’s one benefit.
Whoa. Fangs. She had fangs.
She leaned in, prodded them a little. Eating with those puppies was going to take some getting used to, turned her fingers into claws, Hissed.
Halloween was going to be a real kick in the pants from now on.”

There comes a time when Beth is captured by Lessers and Wrath goes out of his mind. When Wrath goes to save her he gets badly injured. Thankfully he survives with the help of Marissa’s blood. This book is the perfect paranormal romance, balance of action, emotion, steam, the whole series of these books are what I measure the other books I read against, brilliant.


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